chapter  8
13 Pages

Rules and reform: eligibility, gender differences, and the Olympic Games

WithSarah Teetzel

Eligibility has been a key site in women’s struggles for inclusion in the Olympic Games.

TheOlympic Charter stipulates when, how and why the Olympic Games take place. When

read in conjunction with the rulebooks of the International Federations (IFs) that

participate in the Olympic Movement, one can determine the eligibility requirements

athletes must fulfil to compete at the Olympic Games. Eligibility rules restricting who

could participate in the Olympic Games date back to the first meeting of the International

Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, when the IOC gave itself the authority to set eligibility

parameters for the first modern Games.